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Delta Defined from Three Perspectives

Delta, one of the major Greeks, correlates the relationship between stock price and option value. Option traders use the Greeks to evaluate the risk inherent in our positions and Delta is a critical tool used to measure that liability. As we study the option literature, many of us have come across three related, but different, definitions […]

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covered call writing and puit-selling comparisons

Comparing Similar Covered Call Writing and Put-Selling Positions

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are similar strategies that do have certain differences. In my book, Selling Cash-Secured Puts, Figure 68 on page 214 highlights the similarities and differences between these two strategies. In this article, I will show a real-life example of how analogous positions in each strategy frequently will yield similar […]

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Ask Alan #121 – “What is Pinning the Strike”

Alan answers a question posed by Peter, who asks: “I listened to an option webinar yesterday and the speaker mentioned strike “pinning” where the stock price moves to the strike price as options expire. Is this for real and, if yes, can you explain? Thanks a lot Peter”. ——— It’s the 2nd Wednesday of the […]

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option-selling factors of Theta, Vega and Delta

Greeks Spreadsheet Showing the Impact of Time to Expiration, Volatility and Stock Price Change on Option Value

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts involve both buying and selling of call and put options. We are dealing with two types of options as well as utilizing both long and short positions of each. When we factor in the major Greeks, it is important to understand the relationship between time to expiration, stock […]

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How Bankruptcy Impacts Call and Put Options

We sell a covered call or cash-secured put and then the underlying company files for bankruptcy. What happens next? How are our positions effected?  Let me premise my remarks by saying how unlikely this scenario is for investors who follow the rigorous screening process of the BCI methodology. But there is a difference between unlikely and impossible […]

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volatility and covered call writing

Comparing Implied Volatility and Historical Volatility During Earnings Season

When selecting stocks and options for covered call writing and put-selling we factor in volatility, both implied and historical. Historical Volatility (HV) is the actual volatility of a security over a given time period. HV is calculated by determining the average deviation from the average price based on one standard deviation (expected to be accurate 67% of the time).  Implied volatility (IV) is […]

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put-selling

Creating Multiple Income Streams in the Same Month when Selling Puts

Selling cash-secured puts allows us to generate a monthly cash flow by undertaking the option obligation. There are many occasions when we can enhance these returns to even higher levels using our position management skills. This article will highlight several put-selling trades executed in the same contract month by one of our members, Dan of Minnesota.   […]

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Greeks and covered call writing

Delta and Theta and their Impact on our Covered Call and Put-Selling Positions

The Greeks play a major role in both covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts. Understanding these factors and tailoring our strategy based on this insight will allow us to elevate our returns to the highest possible levels. In today’s article, we will focus in on Delta and Theta and discuss when they are an […]

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exit strategies for covered call writing

Rolling Up in the Same Contract Month: Comparing Before and After Scenarios

Rolling up is a useful exit strategy for both covered call writing and put-selling. However, in my humble opinion, it rarely benefits us to roll up in the same contract month. The main reason for this conclusion is that we are dealing with a stock that has substantially appreciated in value in a relatively short […]

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How to Select Replacement Stocks Mid-Contract

Exit strategy management for covered call writing and put-selling is one of the three required skills (stock selection and option selection are the other two) critical to maximizing our returns. A few of the position management opportunities require exiting a position related to a particular security and then locating a new stock to begin another […]

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